Despite a favorable demand environment, the growth of Africa’s automobile industry has not been great. However, some car manufacturers have contributed significantly to the growth of the industry. Cars produced by these car manufacturers are used by many people in the continent and around.
Here are the top 10 African car manufacturers.
10) Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co, LTD. (Nigeria)
Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co, LTD (IVM) is a Nigeria-based company that was founded by Nigerian industrialist Chief Innocent Chukwuma. The company has a manufacturing plant in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria. IVM Umu and IVM Uzo are the company’s models. Nigeria is encouraging local manufacture of automobiles and discouraging import of wholly assembled automobiles.
9) Wallyscar (Tunisia)
Tunisian car maker Wallyscar was founded in 2007 by Zied Guiga. The company is based in La Marsa and sells 600 units per year. Its automobiles are sold in nations like Qatar, Morocco, France, Spain and Panama.
8) Optimal Energy Joule (South Africa)
Optimal Energy Joule is a South African company based in Cape Town. The company unveiled one model, Joule, at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. However, it was never released commercially. The company announced its intention to close down in 2012.
7) Kiira Motors (Uganda)
Ugandan company Kiira Motors Corporation displayed East Africa’s first hybrid electronics car Kiira EV smack in Nairobi in 2014. The company is planning to start production in 2018. The vehicle was conceptualized and manufactured in Uganda.
6) Advanced Automotive Design (South Africa)
Advanced Automotive Design is a South African automobile manufacturer. It was founded in 1995 by Brian Glover and Rhys Edwards. It is located in Die Wilgers, Pretoria. Shaka Giotto and Shaka Nynya are the company’s popular models.
5) Bailey Edwards Cars (South Africa)
Bailey Edwards Cars is a well-known sports car manufacturer is South Africa. The company has been producing sports cars for the race tracks and for the road. The brand has excelled against strong competitors in the sports car market.
4) Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libya)
The Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libyan rocket) is a 5-passenger saloon in a metallic Libyan revolutionary green with tinted windows. This sleek James Bond-style car was unveiled in 1999. Dukhali Al-Meghareff, chairman of the Libyan Arab Domestic Investment Company which produced the prototype, billed it as a revolutionary in automotive industry.
3) Birkin Cars (South Africa)
South Africa-based car manufacturer Birkin Cars was founded in 1982. It is well-known for its vehicle S3 Roadster, which is a kit-car copy of the Lotus Super 7. John Watson is the founder and owner of Birkin Cars. Since the 1980, the company has expanded many times, but has retained its base of operations near Durban, South Africa.
2) Perana Performance Group (South Africa)
This South African car developer is located in Port Elizabeth. It was founded in late 2007. The company’s cars are manufactured in their hi-tech plant of Hi-Tech Automotive & Superformance. Perana cars include the Z-One.
1) Laraki (Morocco)
Laraki is a Morocco-based company, which was established in Casablanca in 1999 to manufacture and sell luxurious high-performance sports cars. Fulgura, Borac and Epitome are some models offered by Laraki. Moroccan designer Abdeslam Laraki is the owner of Laraki.